The 5 best hand creams: From Lanolips and Liz Earle to Nuxe and Aveeno

Ignored through the summer months, hand cream has suddenly become Rebecca Gonsalves' new must-have

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As I'm a soft southern lass my hands have led a pretty charmed existence. Even now they're rarely taxed beyond tapping away at a computer keyboard, and never lift anything much more arduous than a mug of tea. I treat them to prettifying polishes and smoothing treatments and in return for this pampering I have enjoyed smooth skin and tidy cuticles.

We have a deal my hands and I. Well we did until recently when the wind began whipping in and the central heating was cranked into gear, all of which has had a disastrous effect on my skin. And as one of the most oft-exposed extremities, my hands have taken an unfair amount of the flak. So hand cream, ignored through the summer months, has suddenly become my new must-have. There's nothing more annoying than having to choose between dry, scaly skin and slippery mitts so anything worth using should be easily absorbed, really nourishing and applied regularly.

1. Hand cream with Antibacterial

£8.99, Lanolips, victoriahealth.com

If your anti-bac habit is wrecking your skin, try this gentle pine-scented option instead. It's enriched with lanolin which skin loves, and aloe for freshness.

2. Orange flower hand repair

£21, lizearle.com

A single pump of this orange and patchouli essential oil cream goes a long way. Use it before bed and rub into forearms too.

3. Hand and nail cream

£11, Nuxe reve de miel, spacenk.com

Making the most of the skin-repairing properties of acacia honey, this smells heavenly but isn't too sweet or cloying.

4. Almond sensitive skin hand cream

£9.95, weleda.co.uk

Skin that's severely damaged or sensitive needs a mild formula, and this smoothing blend with organic almond oil should fit the bill.

5. Hand cream

£5.10, Aveeno, boots.com

Fans of this brand's body creams will know the benefit of colloidal oatmeal, which is a great way to defeat super-dry skin.

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